Hello Folks - my first thread on this site... been reading a lot of threads and found the members very knowledegable, so thought I'd become a member and ask questions myself!
Ok, I've been fairly successful at overclocking... but want MORE POWER!!!
After upgrading various parts (I have a stockpile of mobos, ram and even CPUs... lol)... this is my current setup:
Mobo: Biostar TP43D2-A7 6.x
Ram: G-Skill 1066 5-5-5-15 1.8v
Case: Antec 300
Video: eVGA 9600 GT 512DDR3
Cooling: air cooled using Thermaltake Mini-typhoon with 2-120mm front and 1-120mm rear; 1 - 80mm rigged and strapped to video card and 2 - pci 80mm fans
(noisy... but I use headphones... )
This is my most expensive mobo, so I don't want to fry it .
Admittedly- the last unit was not that great... so I had to exchange it - damnit -- although it might have been my fault
So enough of this - i know it aint my blog -
I cant get it stable over 3.5ghz... I thought upgrading the ram from 800 to 1066 will give me some more room, but nope.
I've tried 10-20% voltage increases to both cpu and ram and even a little chipset over volting as well... nuttin
The mobo is capable of stock 1600 fsb and I can get the cpu to 3.5, but not stable.
I fear it is down to the nitty gritty ram timings, but wanted to do some more learning before I try it... currently I have it at SPD defaults ... which is 5-5-5-15.
Thanks for taking the time to read my life story and much thanks for any suggestions...
Yeah, you need to increase your vcore. If it is that low idle I can't imagine how low it is after vdroop. Also, watch your cpu temps. 40C idle is high for such a low vcore. make sure your 100% load doesn't get beyond upper 60C's. Quads do OC quite well, you just need proper cooling. The 4 phase limitations shouldn't kick in until ~3.6ghz, which you won't get to with those temps.